In this Celebrity Travel Addicts Q & A we talk with Alexandra Kováčová from Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler. We learn about how this Slovakian travels around the world and eat healthy and stays fit in the process. Check out some of her favorite destinations and where she is going to next!
How did your passion for travel get started?
I guess it all started when I was traveling with my family as a kid. I was always the one with a map in my hands telling my dad where to turn next. We would go on road trips around Slovakia and surrounding Central European countries every year a few times. Packed car with many things we didn’t need, loud music and my dad getting lost all the time 🙂 Great memories. Since my childhood I knew I wanted to live abroad once I reach 18, and so I did. I moved to Czech republic to study, and then to another 4 countries for work. Traveling just happened somewhere in between.
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places do you like to visit?
For a couple of years I would travel 10 to 11 months out of a year but it got exhausting. Now I travel for 1 to 3 months, then go back home to Slovakia for a couple of days, or even weeks, and then again travel. I guess now it’s 6 to 8 months on the road per year. I love adventure and spa so I tend to visit places where I can do both things. Let’s say some kind of adrenaline sports, such as skydiving or zipline in the morning, and then relax in wellness in the afternoon. Oh, and exotic beaches where I can snorkel are my kind of place, too 🙂
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What is it that you want audiences to gain/ learn from your work (videos and photography)?
Most of all, I would like to show that traveling is the best teacher. Nothing has ever taught me as much as traveling, not even two MA degress. Every single person should travel, and also try solo trips. It’s the best way to learn who you really are and what you want in life. That’s my goal, to make people travel more. And if it’s possible to travel healthy and keep fit, even better 🙂
You are Slovak, tell us why people should visit Slovakia this year?
If you love nature, then you should definitely visit my home country. We have beautiful lakes, rivers, mountains and still many of them have very few tourists, which is a plus. Slovakia is also full of castles, ruins and caves. We have 18 caves open to the public and each one of them is unique. Two are even ice caves so you can walk around ice in summer. How cool is that? I believe Slovakia is a very underrated country which offers its visitors many hidden gems.
Name your top three destinations you’ve traveled?
My favorite country is Mexico, then Costa Rica, Philippines and Maldives. They all have stunning beaches, nice people, a lot of exotic fruit and young coconuts. Pretty much all I need to be happy.
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of these destinations, like a mini-guide or to-do list of sorts (could be anything like you favorite hotel, best place to have lunch, sightsee, etc).
Let’s talk about Maldives.
1. The best hotel I’ve stayed at is LUX South Ari.
2. The biggest adventure was swimming with whale sharks.
3. Heart-melting moment was snorkeling with sea turtles when one of them kept coming to me to be in my video.
4. Family moment was walking around the fields on Thoddoo island with local farmers offering me fruit and veggies.
5. The most exciting moment was my first sea plane flight on the way to LUX resort.
How many countries have you visited so far?
Those I do count 57. There’s another maybe 15 I don’t really count as I haven’t seen almost anything in there.
Your top three favorite cuisines?
I am vegan, so it’s hard to generalize as in some cities it is easy to get vegan food, but not when talking of the whole country. But I love Indian, Thai and Mexican cuisine. There’s not that many vegan Mexican options, but I could eat guacamole every day 🙂
Favorite restaurant in the world?
Don’t have one but I can mention Arthur Ice cream place in Bratislava. They have many natural vegan sorbets. Heaven!
Your favorite travel movie?
The way. I loved it. Well, not the sad beginning but the fact that the actor walks along the Camino de Santiago because it’s still something high on my bucket list.
Favorite international airport?
I fly the most out of Prague so maybe that one. Nothing special though but it is just closest to my heart.
City with the friendliest people?
This one is tough. Would Playa del Carmen in Mexico count? Or San Jose Iturbide where it felt like all the locals became my friends. Even after many years we are still in touch with many of them. No kidding!
Your favorite traveling companion?
Myself. I prefer to travel solo as I can also work in the evenings and no one is bothering me. But I also enjoy shorter trips with my best girl friend, and my parents.
Best way you kill time while traveling?
Reading, listening to audio books, learning about marketing, meditation and pranayama breathing exercises.
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
I’d say Rodrigues island located 650 km East from Mauritius. It’s the most unique island I’ve been on and everything I saw there surprised me a lot.
Your best bit of travel advice for someone who is about to embark on a life of travel?
Go with the flow. There will be definitely something that will not work out the way you want but that’s life. Learn to be patient and trust the Universe. Trust that most people in the world are good and don’t want to hurt anyone.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Coconut oil which forms 90% of my cosmetics, bikini, a small travel towel and then gear I need for work (phone, 2 cameras and laptop).
What is your ultimate dream destination?
I tmight sound surprising because I am really a beach lover who is allergic to cold weather but my biggest dream destination is Antarctica. It would be the biggest challenge for me to survive and even enjoy the freezing temperatures. But I’m sure that the landscapes and mountains would take my breath away.
Your favorite travel quote?
My motto is: ”I live to travel, I travel to live.” And Carpe Diem.
Where to next?
Now in summer I have a few shorter trips around Slovakia and Czech republic, and then the Balkans. In the fall and winter it will be somewhere more exotic, most probably in Asia. But details will remain a secret for a bit longer.
Alexandra Kovacova is a crazy girl from a small town in Eastern Slovakia. She has been professionally travel blogging on Crazy sexy fun traveler since 2010. She mostly writes about adventure, spa, beaches and anything interesting. Besides blogging, she is also a healthy lifestyle consultant and a yoga teacher. Connect with her on Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.